So, one of my petco baby bettas has had a weird swimming pattern since the day I bought her, I thought it would get better with time, but that hasn't happened, and I've had her for exactly a month now.
She swims with her face pointed up, tail down, and hardly moves her back end other than fluttering her tail. It's like she's partially paralyzed or something? It's always looked like she's struggling to get air and has a hard time getting to the surface and I notice that she's always resting on a plant near the top when she isn't trying to swim.
I know that she probably doesn't have the best quality of life right now so I'd really like to improve it if possible. She's doing great in everyway other than this. She's got beautiful coloring, gets breeding strips and is carrying eggs, eats like a champ, and all around is a nice and friendly girl so I want to do anything I can for her.
What size is your tank? 1 gallon bowl
What temperature is your tank? 78
Does your tank have a filter? no
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration? no just some plants
Is your tank heated? yes
What tank mates does your betta fish live with? maybe a stray baby snail or two
What type of food
do you feed your betta fish? Attison's betta pro
How often do you feed your betta fish? 1-2x/day, 3-5 pellets per day
How often do you perform a water change? 3x/week
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? 100% once a week and 2 50%'s
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? Prime
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters?
Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? it hasn't
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? it hasn't, she has always swimmed as described above, but i'd like to see if I can do anything to help improve it/her quality of life.
When did you start noticing the symptoms? when I bought her
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? I've tried epsoms and AQ salt at one time or another, also have tried a round seachem paraguard in case that could have been an issue
Does your fish have any history of being ill? unknown
How old is your fish (approximately)? 3 months-ish?
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